Don Bosco’s work inspires Vietnamese
People line up to pray before the relics of the saint
ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
January 18, 2011
People lined up to kiss and put their hands on the relic’s casket and after that touch their heads or chests as a way to obtain a blessing from the saint.
“The saint’s life reminds me to love and serve poor children as he did,” Marie Nguyen Xuan Quynh, told ucanews.com on Jan. 16.
Father Joseph Tran Hoa Hung, Vietnam Salesian provincial superior, urged people to follow the saint’s example of loving and serving underprivileged children.
Peter Nguyen Binh Dan, a migrant worker from Tra Vinh province, inspired by the saint’s work, said he will give a set of new clothes to a girl next door whose father died and whose mother works to support her.
Salesian Father Peter Pham Van Chinh said the relics of Saint Bosco are expected to visit Salesian schools and parishes in Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese and dioceses of Ba Ria, Da Lat and Xuan Loc, before leaving the country on Feb. 1.
Father Chinh said local Salesians run many centers providing vocational skills for thousands of students in many dioceses.
They also run two international vocation centers with 1,800 students in Cambodia.
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